NFL not yet thinking about playing a game in Australia

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It’s been 18 years since the NFL played a preseason game in Australia. The league doesn’t seem to be inclined to return any time soon.

After Stanford and Rice played in Australia over the weekend, the league was asked whether it would return. NFL spokesman Michael Signora told the Sydney Daily Telegraph, via SportsBusiness Daily, that the league “wasn’t optimistic” about staging a game there, citing travel distance and time zones as the primary impediments.

“Even a preseason game would be incredibly challenging to arrange,” Signora said.

Australian Colin Scotts, who played in the NFL, disagrees.

“There’s no reason we can’t,” Scotts said. “The success in London — they’ve sold it out the last eight years, they’re just killing it over there. I want to play a real game. I don’t want any preseason and I don’t want any trial game, I want it to be for real like they do in London. . . . London does it, there’s no reason Sydney can’t do it.”

There may be no reason Sydney can’t, but Sydney won’t unless the NFL wants it to. It seems pretty clear that, despite the NFL’s obvious interest in exporting the game to other countries, the league has no desire to go down under.

9 responses to “NFL not yet thinking about playing a game in Australia

  1. That’s awful far, considering most players don’t even want to go to London, or Seattle for that matter. I vote no

  2. In Australia, they might get a kick out of how slow the game is and how soft the players in pads are compared to Aussie Rules Football.

  3. blackqbwhiterb says:
    August 28, 2017 at 6:20 pm
    That’s awful far, considering most players don’t even want to go to London, or Seattle for that matter. I vote no
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    Well that should settle it then

  4. Maybe they can buy one of those old Concords and fly there supersonically. Otherwise, playing on the opposite side of the world seems insane.

  5. London is a 6 hour or so flight from the east coast. Australia is something like a 15 1/2 hour flight LA to Sydney. Two entirely different beasts.

  6. If they do schedule a game down under, I give one guess as to what teams get the enjoyment of going. My guess is SFO VS LAC. Bill

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